Lot 211: Van Deventer's chef d'oeuvre on obstetrics, profusely illustrated

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

June 19, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description: SCIENCE - DEVENTER, Hendrik van. Manuale operatien, zijnde een nieuw ligt voor vroed-meesters en vroed-vrouwen [...]. Leiden, Jan & Hermanus Verbeek, 1734. Sm. 4to. Contemp. half calf over marbled boards (sl. rubbed, corners showing). With engraved frontispiece portrait (cropped and mounted on remaining strip of first free endpaper) and 36 engraved plates (incl. 7 folded, several (closed) tears, 1 margin cut short, upper margin of text pages very short, else in good condition); decorated with woodcut ornamental bands, headpieces, initials and vignettes. Spine cracked but binding still firm, occasional small (foxing) stains, else good, complete copy. (20), 363, (27), 351-465, (11) pp.
Now considered as one of the most important doctors of his time, Van Deventer was disdained by his colleagues. He was self-educated, didn't speak Latin and was a member of a sect, the Labadists. He is especially remembered for this important work on obstetrics and for his birthing chair (see illustration), written after he lost his wife and most of his ten children.
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